State officials to discuss opioid crisis on Monday

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the CDC is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the CDC is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(WTNH) – Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon will participate in a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis on Monday.

The commissioner will also tour a recovery center with United States Congressman Joe Courtney and Regina LaBelle, Chief of Staff in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The events are hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss solutions to the rural opioid epidemic in Connecticut and to highlight the critical need for more treatment resources in rural communities.

 

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